Most people are familiar with the acoustic piano. They know what it looks like and what it sounds like and maybe even own one themselves. But with every year that passes technology brings us something new. And for various reasons a large number of people are now turning to digital pianos.
What is a digital piano? You may already have guessed the answer. A digital piano is designed to be just like an acoustic, except that it is powered by modern digital technology. There are a few other key differences as well, including (most notably) the dimensions and weight. A Yamaha P95 digital piano for instance looks more like a keyboard than a typical acoustic upright. Its width, height and depth allow users to find space for it even in small rooms or apartments. Digital pianos in this mould are also designed to be light enough to carry. This of course makes them ideal for the travelling musician.
So why are people turning to these digital models? What’s wrong with the more familiar acoustic or grand piano? Nothing really. But as it has done in so many other spheres, modern technology has made things much more convenient. Those who wish to own a piano no longer have to invest in an expensive acoustic upright. Nor do they have to pay for tuning or piano removal (if they ever decide to move home).
Instead they can simply acquire a digital piano, which retains its sound without requiring any sort of maintenance. The user simply switches the piano on and the sound produced is exactly to his or her liking. It never goes out of tune. Moreover, the finer digital piano models (such as the Clavinovas) produce a sound that is remarkably close to that of a genuine acoustic piano. Even seasoned professionals occasionally struggle to tell the difference between the digital and acoustic models.
One other perk should be mentioned here. Those who enjoy composing music can use the digital piano to help them on their journey. For many “DPs” (as experienced digital piano owners call them) feature a built-in recording feature. In other words, there is no need for additional software or tools. The user simply switches on the recording mode and plays to his (or her) heart’s content. The piano then stores the performance so that it is available for play-back. Some digital pianos even feature MIDI IN/OUT terminals that allow users to connect the instrument to a computer and transfer performance data between them.
Given all these exciting features, it should not be difficult to see why people are turning to digital pianos. Every new model seems to offer something new and the growing sophistication of the technology is making more and more things possible for the average piano user.